What’s on this week
MON 28 AUG - SUN 3 SEPT 2017
The Power of Three Exhibition, Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Tues 1 – Tues 29 August
This August sees a brand new exhibition at Torquay’s Artizan Gallery: The Power of Three, a curation of paintings by three Teignbridge-based artists. Alan Gregory, Claire Jenkinson and Chris Pitman each deliver their take on the landscapes, making for a visual feast.
Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, Nr Barnstaple
Go for a walk in the gardens here and you never know what you’re going to find next. This incredible-looking venue is now the location of this year’s National Sculpture Prize finalists. Broomhill Art Hotel, near Barnstaple features a sculpture garden and looks a pretty awesome place to go for tea, too. Loving the concept.
Unique Boutique Mid-Week Handmade Market, Exeter Guildhall, Wed 30 Aug
It’s well worth planning your shopping sesh in Exeter around these new fortnightly markets, that take place in and around St Pancras Church. Featuring handmade crafts from artists and makers in Devon and around the south west, I hear it’s a lovely vibe and a great way to snap up a quirky piece or two.
NT Live: Yerma, The Flavel, Dartmouth, Thurs 31 August
Another stonking production from the NT Live series. This time, Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard and Olivier Best Actress Award-winning role, in Yerma. Piper plays a thirty-something woman in contemporary London, who’s so desperate to conceive that she’s led to the unthinkable in a shocking climax. Powerful stuff, the critics say.
Martin Bush Exhibition: Jewel Temple, Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Fri 1 – Sat 23 Sept
The Devon artist who is usually in residence at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard, will launch his latest solo exhibition of around 30 paintings this month at Muddy Awards finalist venue, the Artizan Gallery. All inspired by travels to Thailand over the past twenty years (where he goes to recharge his artistic batteries), according to Martin, most of his work is drawn from the emotions and love of colourful, gold-gilded Buddhist Temples. Expect bright, abstract and eye-catching, as ever.
Lockdown Festival, Powderham Castle, Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sept
Billed as the South West’s biggest dance music festival, Lockdown is returning to the grounds of Powderham Castle to kick off September in style. Camp, party and dance to confirmed acts including Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx and Sigma, plus Fatboy Slim on the Saturday night. Sleep? Who needs sleep?!
Tickets from £49, lockdownfestival.com
On the Road 2017, Braunton, Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sept
For something more chilled, this intimate, family-friendly festival set beside Braunton Great Field looks out to the dunes in the distance. Inspired by the people behind Saunton Road Studios Live music venue, Braunton’s first music festival will feature the best of local live music with a few special guest appearances. Breathe in the salty air and rela-a-a-x…
Tickets from £17 a day, ontheroadmusicfest.co.uk
Lobster and Crab Feast 10th Anniversary, Clovelly, Sun 3 Sept
For its tenth anniversary, the pretty North Devon town of Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a family-friendly fun day. Fill your boots with the stars of the show cooked on the quay and soak up live folk music, beer tasting, cookery demo’s and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Coastal life at its best.
Sprout and Shed Pop-Up Marketplace Launch & Family Day, Darts Farm, Sun 3 Sept
Parents of littlies, show your support and get yourself along to Topsham’s Darts Farm for the launch of this fab-sounding pop-up marketplace. Pop your head inside the teepee; expect to browse a selection of gently loved, branded kids’ products that usually feature on the website, from slings to buggies and toys; plus pop-up stalls from other kids’ businesses, activities from Creation Station, Monkey Music, bouncy castle, face painting and glitter tattoos. And while you’re there, check out the play area, animal corner and maize maze.
11am – 3pm, Free, dartsfarm.co.uk